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"Moa's Ark Revisited" - David Bellamy returns Sept 09

arrival 3It is hard to think of any person on this planet who has done more to promote the taonga (treasure) that is our homeland Aotearoa NZ, so it is with great aroha and our deepest respect that we welcome this tall totara back on his "Moa's Ark Revisited" tour in September 2009.

If anyone does not know what we mean by this, then get your friends and family together, turn off the TV station and instead view the Our World 20 minute video from 1984 - Whirinaki Forest; The World's Best Kept Secret. watch the Interview he did in Whirinaki in Sept 09. Aslo see the four 50 minute episodes of his "Moa's Ark" Downloadable Video here.

Thanks to DOC and Air New Zealand for getting David back for the Whirinaki 25 celebrations. David was a key influencer in the revolt against state milling of the spectacular Whirinaki Rainforest. It remains today as one of his favourate places on our planet.

arrival 4Read what he says in "Seven Decades of Destruction - the value of old growth forest": balancing the cycles of our Living World.
With his help, that is what our Kura (School) in Whirinaki Rainforest is using its weatherstation to research, understand and share.

At the start of the Whirinaki Kaitiakitanga program and network in 2003, David was asked if he would be its patron, and in this capacity we are privileged to have him extend his time in NZ to share with other places on our network. We expect this will be a "report card" on how well we are treasuring and safeguarding our place, culture, and values.

David is always challenging. He loves working with young people (see Some Things Must Change video), making nature fun, helping us face the issues and take positive action. Try to get to the events near you.

Photos: airport welcome 31 Aug 09

Twin DVD set now available - "Whirinaki 25 - With David Bellamy" ...more Kaitiakitanga (sustainabilty) DVD's here

DVD 1of2 Whirinaki 25 Celebration event: - Welcome, open upgraded Mangamate campsite, experience dawn chorus in Whirinaki, visit Kokako release area, nature trail, microscope exploration, Bellamy with kids, Moerangi mountain bike track opening, opening "H Tree" wheelcair track (132 minutes)
DVD 2of2 Visit Kaiwhenua Organic Gardens, Raglan, on Maungawhau ( Mt Eden ) with Ngati Whatua, Nexus Public Youth Forum presentation (123 minutes)

Twin Set available for $30 from Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi, PO Box 3013, Rotorua, Ph 07 3663221 schoolooffice.tewhaiti@tuhoe.com

View on line the Our World 20 minute video from 1984 - Whirinaki Forest; The World's Best Kept Secret - compliments NZ On Screen



His provisional programme: (watch this site for changes closer to the time)

Mon August 31 - Arrival in Aotearoa

mangere juniors

A short private welcome on arrival in Aotearoa at Auckland airport by students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori A Rohe O Mangere to wish David and Rosemary safely on their journey in Aotearoa

(photos of Manukau Harbour and Mangere Mountain)

From here David will be driven by DOC down to the Bay of Plenty on Tuesday, then filming in Whirinaki Wednesday.

Fri to Sun 4-6 Sept - Whirinaki Rainforest Celebrations (Local info here)

All Welcome
See Whirinaki Rainforest 25 year celebration Programme
Powhiri, Kokako release, School Bioblitz, Mangamate Campground opening , Gala dinner, Dawn chorus, Moerangi Track opening, Family orienteering, Reunion dinner, Ringatu church service, Forest tours, H Tree wheelchair track opening, Poroporoaki, and more.

Escape for a unique weekend of rich learning and tranquility(videoclip).
Bring your tent, camper, caravan, family, friends, walking gear and mountainbikes
ook in at the new Mangamate waterfall or Sanctuary campsites (videoclip)
or check out other local accommodation options

David celebrates with Ngati Whare Karakia the release of Kokako back into Whirinaki by DOC

Kura tamariki
David welcomed by Ngati Whare and Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi tamariki on Murumurunga Marae

Ngati Whare open the new Mangamate Waterfall campground facilities (see project page)

Two Blue Duck (see project page) open the Dawn Chorus adventure with Claude and Sarah from DOC

At the Whirinaki Education Camp - Learning with Digital Microscopes

Local kura tamariki and others join the DOC Botanist on a nature trail

Watched over by Kaumatua, David helps nature inspire children about life.

Local tour operator Joe Doherty of Te Urewera Treks takes a group to The Sanctuary (see project page)


Pictures to come


Mountainbikers returned proclaiming the uniqueness of the new Moerangi mountainbike and walking track

Opening the disabled access track to the H Tree in The Whirinaki Ecological Protection Zone- WEMZ)

"Camp father" - Earl Rewi relaxes at last and David signs as patron for Ngati Whare Reforestation Project

Visit www.whirinakirainforest.info



Mon Sept 7 - Whaingaroa (Raglan)

Morning: Travel from Whirinaki to Taupo then follow the Waikato River towards Raglan,

Afternoon - private tour to view proactive local community
activities (eg Enviro Centre, Radio Station, Xtreme Waste, Harbourcare, Kaiwhenua Organics), then a round table discussion with proactivists around the environment, education, restoration, diversity, fishing, farming, iron-sand mining, dolphins, gardening, housing, Transition Towns)

7.00-9.00 pm - Informal Community Celebration All welcome at Orca Restaurant on harbour-front. Join David and Rosemary over a coffee or a meal

A well as reflecting on what he has felt, seen and heard on his trip around Aotearoa, David talked about
"Biodiversity and inter-dependency: growing a more sustainable world"
Local information : Whaingaroa Environment Centre (ph 07 825 0480) wec@raglan.net.nz

Taupo on route to Raglan, Xtreme Waste Community Recycling and Whangaroa Harbourcare Nursery

Deep conversations at Kaiwhenua Organics, with Malibu and eye to eye with the Raglan Community.

Tues Sept 8 - Auckland

Morning: travel from Raglan to Auckland following the Waikato River

Afternoon - Private visit with Ngati Whatua, Bastion Point - restoring the whenua, biodiversity, iwi and community wellness

7-9 pm - Nexus public forum with youth panel,
University of Auckland Owen Glen Building Rm OGGB4 (similar format to Michael Braungart)

The theme of David's presentation after reflecting on current activity in NZ was: "What we can do to switch the world back into more biodiverse and hense more sustainable working order?". Facilitator: Dr Kepa Morgan, Panel: Rachel Allan, Malcolm Patterson, Norbert Maass, Charles Hasonon, Tane Feary.
email Nexus now at nexus.sustainability@gmail.com

With the Ngati Whatua Environmental Restoration Team on their Mountain Maungawhau (Mt Eden)

David sharing his wisdom and signature at the NEXUS Youth Forum at the University of Auckland

Wed Sept 9 - North Shore

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Afternoon visits to Long Bay Great Park (watch for more detail)

7.30pm Public Talk at the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre (NW300) Massey University - refreshments in foyer from 7.00pm.


Prof Bellamy will talk about conservation in New Zealand and share his experiences and views.  Vesna Davidovic-Alexander at  V.Davidovic-Alexander@massey.ac.nz  or phone 4140800 ext 41518. We are asking for a gold coin donation at the door with proceeds going to the New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers

While at Massey and on North Shore David Bellamy is being hosted by John Hogan from Three streams, the New Zealand Institute of Advanced Studies and the Ecology and Conservation Group of Massey’s Institute of Natural Sciences


Thurs Sept 10 - North Shore and Rodney

bb shakespear

9-11 am Kauri planting at Three Streams Reserve project, Albany
Public welcome to attend.

11.45am - 2pm Lunch at Shakespear Regional Park
Meet at Old Woolshed - Public event

David planting a special Kauri at Three Streams Reserve


David and Rosemary then have personal time to relax with old friends before returning home to the UK



Thanks to a big network of supporters

This programme is a joint venture involving a wide network of supporting organisations and networks including: Tainui, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori A Rohe O Mangere, DOC Whirinaki, Ngati Whare, Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi, Raglan Community, Ngati Whatua, University of Auckland, NEXUS (University of Auckland Student Sustainability Group) , SPIES (South Pacific Indigenous Engineering Students), Transition Towns, Auckland Enviroschools Network, NZ Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Three Streams, Long Bay Okura Great Park Society, New Zealand Institute of Advanced Studies, Massey Ecology and Conservation Group, Massey’s Institute of Natural Sciences, ARC, Kaitiakitanga Network and more




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Coming Easter 2010 Biomimicry Exploration - Norbert Hoeller, Auckland
David Bellamy - Moa's Ark revisited tour Whirinaki 25 4-10 Oct 09
The Maori Youth Hikoi to Bioneers Conference, San Francisco 16 Oct 08
VIDEO "Redesigning our Future" - Youth Forum with Michael Braungart

Papakainga Development - Matekuare Whanau Project underway
Minginui Community Gardening - underway thanks to Community Max
Whirinaki Ecological Technology (We-tech) Our pest control innovation

Check out our school's Energy Monitoring / Weatherstation project

Our drama production, kapakaka and other creative initiatives

Ngati Whare Iwi Treaty Settlement signed, incl partnership with DOC
WEMZ - The Whirinaki Ecological Restoration Zone - a project with DOC
DOC partnerships information kiosk, Mangamate, Sanctuary(proposed)
Take a photo tour through our valley see restoration work needed
Ready to start - our Whirinaki Centre, Nursery and Recycling Projects
Our project to upgrade our water supply in Minginui Mar 07

Thanks TPK for facilitating Govt support for Minginui initiatives
Our network's submission to govt on Rural Community Opportunities

Toxin Bioremediation
Project started in Whakatane May 09
Celebrate what our friends at Hokianga Harbourcare are doing
Our Network's Mycorestoration Research Project - Fungi and mushroom

Our Lopez friends help Raglan with an affordable housing project

Thanks MfE for a big toxin cleanup on our millsites - July 07
Blocked - our Community Digital Strategy - Whirinaki Interactive 12/06
Prince Andrew adopts our Kiwi, Princess Beatrice on Mokoia Is Mar 07
Our network on the Kiwi Youth Voice learning journey to US. Mar 07

Our network at Youth Voice Digital Earth Summit on Sustainbility Aug 06
We welcomed Hunter Lovins 7-9 July 06, VIDEO view NZ tour resources
Thanks Waikato University for help with broadband 05
Thanks Housing Corp, house painting and marae restoration teams
Go Tramping in Whirinaki. See Kaka, Kiwi, Weka, Robin, Blueduck
Report Living Organisation workshops. Tipu Ake presented worldwide 05
Report Hikoi to Indigenous Knowledges Conf , Well, NZ. June 05
Thanks to UNITEC Architecture Students for help with town plans 04
Report on Sustainable Resources Conf, Colorado 04
Report on PMI Global Forum, Los Angeles Tipu Ake paper 04
Report on Sharing Indigenous Wisdom Conf, Wisconsin, June 04
Int and local visitors attend Tipu Ake Retreat March 04 See report
MPs Horomia and Mallard open our new merged area school Jan 04
Trip to Whaingaroa Env Gp Raglan, Jan04 learnings, VIDEO view



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